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GE Aviation and the University of Cincinnati Research Institute have jointly established a research center that will focus on research and development efforts for the company’s technologies.

The Evendale, Ohio-based GE Aviation Research Center will have access to about $112 million in investments from GE and the university to purchase hardware and fund research initiatives, GE said Thursday.

“Our business is growing significantly and we have considerable new technologies that must be developed and industrialized,” said Gary Mercer, vice president of engineering at GE Aviation.

“We want UC’s best minds to be a part of our journey as we influence the future course of aviation. It is also an important effort to further enhance Ohio’s aerospace capabilities,” Mercer added.

GE researchers and engineers and UCRI faculty and students will pursue multi-year projects into technologies for aircraft energy and thermal management, ceramic matrix composites and low-emission combustion.